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Golb also unravels the mystery behind the scholarly monopoly that controlled the scrolls for many years, and discusses his role as a key player in the successful struggle to make the scrolls widely available to both scholars and students. And he pleads passionately for an academic politics and a renewed commitment to the search for the truth in scroll scholarship.
After having researched the Dead Sea Scrolls for more than 30 years, Dr. Golb contends that they were not, as has been traditionally assumed, written by the Essenes or by any one sect, but were instead the work of various Jews who smuggled them out of Jerusalem's libraries in 70 A.D., before Romans attacked the city. 10 photos; 5 maps.
|List of Illustrations|
|1||The Qumran Plateau||3|
|2||The Manuscripts of the Jews||43|
|3||1947: The First Scroll Discoveries||65|
|4||The Qumran-Essene Theory: A Paradigm Reconsidered||95|
|5||The Copper Scroll, the Masada Manuscripts, and the Siege of Jerusalem||117|
|6||Scroll Origins: Rengstorf's Theory and Edmund Wilson's Response||151|
|7||The Temple Scroll, the Acts of Torah, and the Qumranologists' Dilemma||175|
|8||Power Politics and the Collapse of the Scrolls Monopoly||217|
|9||Myth and Science in the World of Qumranology||249|
|10||The Deepening Scrolls Controversy||273|
|11||The New York Conference and Some Academic Intrigues||305|
|12||The Importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls||327|
|Epilogue: Judaism, Christianity, and the Scrolls||361|
Posted December 21, 2007
Mr. Golb's insightful textual analysis coupled with his rational assessment of the available historical and archeological evidence is compelling and, I believe, difficult to argue. It has significantly changed the way I analyze the work of other biblical and textual scholars' work on 1st Century Judao-Christian materials.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.